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HARMAN’s JBL Professional Marquis Dance Club Series Brings High-Impact Sound to Barcelona’s Opium Dance Club

FRANKFURT, Germany – In the first European install of HARMAN’s JBL Professional Marquis Dance Club Series loudspeakers, systems integration firm Fokum recently installed a Marquis system at the Opium dance club in Barcelona. The system was sold through Earpro, JBL Professional’s official distributor for Spain and Portugal.

The Opium, a combination club-bar-restaurant, is considered one of the premier dance clubs in the world, located next to the premium ARTS Hotel and near the famous “Bareloneta” beach. Its location, innovative design and high talent level of its DJs makes it one of the most popular venues in the thriving Barcelona club scene.

Naturally, the sound reinforcement system at the Opium needed to be on the cutting edge, fulfilling the requirements of the resident DJs and top-level international touring DJs, as well as the club’s customers. The club needed a sound system with high output on the dance floor, with limited distortion and high intelligibility. While the system needed to be powerful, it also needed to avoid creating discomfort for the club-goers. To this end, the Marquis Dance Club Series was agreed upon as the best option.

Fokum installed four super tweeter MD1 loudspeakers at the Opium club, plus four MD2 bi-amplified high power loudspeakers, eight MD3 15-inch low-frequency loudspeakers, and four MD7 ultra-long excursion dual 18-inch subwoofers. Powering the system are Crown Macro-Tech i Series amplifiers (four Crown Macro-Tech 5000i and four Macro-Tech 9000i amps. Sound processing is managed through BSS London BLU 100.

“The Opium owners were asking for the top sound system on the market, so we immediately recommended the JBL Marquis Dance Series,” said Josep Maria Aldoma, Director and Founder of Fokum. “We set up a demo together with EARPRO and the owners of the Opium were absolutely delighted. The best news is that, since the Marquis system has been installed, we only received positive feedback on this application.“

The Marquis Dance Series features eight impressive models, designed to bring a new level of sonic excellence to dance club environments. The JBL Marquis Dance Club Series incorporates new driver configurations and enclosure designs to deliver powerful, immersive sound with exceptional clarity and fidelity even at higher volume levels.

“Honestly, as of today there is no other loudspeaker that even come close to
Marquis Dance Club Series,” Aldoma added. “Of course there are other solutions available, but a specific solution for dance clubs with such a high performance level—that is only available from JBL Professional.”

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2012.

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